Google Cloud Launches Blockchain Node Hosting Service for Web3 Developers

The Blockchain Node Engine is a fully managed node-hosting service that can minimise the need for node operations.
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Quick take:

  • Ethereum will be the first blockchain supported by Blockchain Node Engine.
  • The service can speed up the process of deploying a new node.
  • It also prevents unauthorised access or DDoS attacks to the nodes.

Google Cloud today introduced its blockchain node hosting service called the Blockchain Node Engine as it further commits to helping Web3 developers build and deploy new products on blockchain-based platforms.

The Blockchain Node Engine can speed up the process of deploying a new node. A node is the governing infrastructure of a blockchain — a device, such as a computer, laptop, or server, that contains a full copy of the transaction history of the blockchain. 

Nodes on a blockchain form a peer-to-peer network, constantly exchanging the latest blockchain data so that all nodes stay in sync. As self-managed nodes are often difficult to deploy and require constant management, Google Cloud’s Blockchain Node Engine minimises the need for manual node operations.

With Google Cloud’s compute and network infrastructure, Web3 companies that require dedicated nodes can relay transactions, deploy smart contracts, and read or write blockchain data.

Ethereum will be the first blockchain supported by Blockchain Node Engine, enabling developers to deploy fully managed Ethereum nodes with secure blockchain access. Web3 developers can also speed up the process of deploying a node with a single operation, and specify the desired region and network (mainnet, testnet).

The Blockchain Node Engine also offers security by placing the nodes behind a Virtual Private Cloud firewall, which prevents unauthorised access as only trusted machines and users can communicate with client endpoints. Additionally, other Google Cloud services such as Cloud Armor can help protect nodes from DDoS attacks.

As Blockchain Node Engine is a fully managed service, Web3 developers don’t have to worry about outages and infrastructure availability. Google Cloud actively monitors the nodes and restarts them during outages as needed.

Since launching its new digital assets team in January, Google Cloud has been establishing its Web3 footprint by teaming up with Fortress Blockchain Technologies to launch private data storage for NFTs, partnering with NEAR to accelerate Web3 startups, and joining forces with Coinbase to introduce crypto payments for cloud services.

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